#GunLawsSaveLives Trends As Impending Supreme Court Hearing About Gun Ownership Rights Begins

The hashtag #GunLawsSaveLives began trending Monday morning ahead of a United States Supreme Court case that could be the single largest influence on gun control legislation for years to come.

The group Moms Demand Action—which is part of a larger organization that advocates for gun control, Everytown for Gun Safety—took to Twitter to urge support for tougher gun laws.

The group published a tweet that included a collection of photographs of its volunteers protesting in front of the Supreme Court Building Monday morning.

"Hundreds of our volunteers and other gun safety advocates are gathered at the Supreme Court as it prepares to hear an NRA lawsuit designed to open the door to the gutting of common-sense gun safety measures across the country," the organization's tweet read. "Our message to the Court: #GunLawsSaveLives."


The case before the court, NY State Rifle & Pistol v. City of New York, NY, focuses on whether the gun ownership laws of New York City are unconstitutional because they infringe on citizens' Second Amendment rights. Oral arguments for the case are expected to be heard Monday.

User @3happysons shared a photograph of volunteers for the organization Moms Demand Action on a bus in the early morning, headed from Baltimore to the rally at the Supreme Court.

"Up at 5:30 AM on my day off," she wrote. "We moms (and dads) mean business!"


User @AmyLizabit shared a photograph that showed volunteers from the Virginia Beach chapter of Moms Demand Action. Virginia Beach, the largest city in Virginia, was the site of a shooting in May that left 13 people dead.


However, Moms Demand Action was not the only group to make an appearance at the Supreme Court this morning—other groups also came to make their support for gun restrictions known to the court.

The account for Brady, an organization whose bio on Twitter said it aims to "unit[e] Americans from coast to coast, red and blue and every color, to end gun violence," also shared an image of demonstrators waving signs in support of tighter gun restrictions on the steps of the Supreme Court.


User @lursa27 shared two photographs that announced support for gun restrictions from older citizens. One read: "Grandparents demand action," and another read, "I want to attend my grandkid's [sic] graduations... not their funerals!"


The official account of March For Our Lives, a pro-gun control group created by survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018, shared a photograph of young demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court Building.

"We've been here since 7 am because the Supreme Court needs to hear our voices," the caption read. "We have a right not to be shot."

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A man wears a 'Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America' T-shirt at a Fourth of July celebration in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Volunteers Moms Demand Action demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court Building today to reflect how the organization feels about the Supreme Court case, NY State Rifle & Pistol v. City of New York, NY. Robert Alexander/Getty
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